Not satisfied with just riding planes to capture the picturesque essence of nature? Want to have a thrilling and hands-on experience in flying amongst the clouds and look down on the glorious natural beauty of Nepal? Want to drift along with the winds and spread your arms to embrace the sky?
Paragliding is what you need!
Nepal is considered one of the world’s finest destinations for the optimum experience of paragliding. Sarangkot, which is near Pokhara, is particularly the best Nepal has to offer. With more than 250 flights a day during peak season, Sarangkot is the ideal location for paragliding as taken from feedbacks of thousands of travelers who took up the opportunity. The prime feature of paragliding in Sarangkot is the enthralling beauty of the mountain range which can be seen from this 360-degree flight. Pokhara, having moderate thermal conditions and weather offers the safest flights with extra protection from the expansive lake below. The neighboring hills provide suitable take-off and landing ports as well. Generally, the flights take off from Sarangkot and hover around the area for about 30 minutes. After that, the flight moves onto Pokhara where a series of acrobats can be done according to choice. The landing is done near the Phewa Tal next to the Lakeside. There are two ways you can enjoy paragliding in Nepal: solo and tandem flights;
Solo flights are for skilled paragliders who want to explore the stretch of heaven on their own and explore the heights. Anyone wishing to take the solo lights is required to obtain a lying permit from civil aviation in Pokhara. Important documents like a photocopy of the passport and visa, a picture of self, proof of insurance, and paragliding license are required to apply for the permit. It usually takes an hour or so to complete the procedures. For 15 days, the permit is about $45. It can be extended as well if it expired.
This is the usual flight all explorers take. It offers qualified and expert pilots with separate seating for the passenger in the front with a separate harness. These flights can last from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending upon what the client needs. This flight charms anyone with its ability to let the passenger take time to breathe in the sceneries and click pictures freely without the need to handle the gliding parachute. Through your own or a camera’s lens, the ethereal beauty of the mixture of greenery, mountains, and lakes captures the viewer’s soul, the positive energy of nature having calming and relaxing properties.
Best Time to Paraglide
Pokhara is famous for its stable climate and hence paragliding takes place almost throughout the year. The best time to enjoy nature’s full bloom is during the monsoon season of July when, if lucky enough, there are no rain clouds in the sky. For more definite and safer options, September to October is recommended. These are peak autumn time so the chances of extreme weather are very low. It is one of the seasons where the heights of flights can reach up to 3000m. March-April is also considered an ideal time since it is the spring months where the freshness of new floras can be seen and the areas are starting to be exquisitely filled with green. Great shots can be taken at this point.
Commonly, Tandem paragliding can be done in three different timing of 10 am 12 pm and 2 pm. These are the times when the thermal activity is on and the flight can take off with much ease. If you want less turbulence, 10 am is highly suggested considering the thermal activity is quite low at that time. It also makes the flight relatively shorter (of only about 20 minutes). However, to get the best motion and stunts, 12 pm is the ideal timing. Active paragliding can be achieved during this time due to fluctuating thermal activities.
Safety and Insurance
Safety instructions will be given before taking off. It is done to prevent any sort of errors and mishaps. The pilots are internationally certified with a minimum of 2 years of experience in the field. As an extreme adventure sport, there is the risk of the change of winds suddenly.
The prices for a tandem flight ranges from 75 USD to 100 USD depending upon the flight duration. The additional features such as photographs and videography will be extra.
Make memories with nature and high five the clouds! Don’t just listen to what others have to say so try paragliding on your own today!
Nepal has considered one of the world’s finest destinations for the optimum experience of paragliding in Nepal which adventure is a beautiful city in Pokhara.